As a partner in Community Based Care, A Kid’s Place of Tampa Bay, Inc. embraces the belief that all children have the inalienable right to grow up safe, healthy and fulfilled in families that love and nurture them. However, it is sometimes necessary for a child to be removed from the home due to abuse, neglect, or abandonment. Efforts are made to find placement with relatives or family friends, however this cannot always be accomplished. For these children, A Kid’s Place offers a safe and nurturing environment until a longer, more permanent placement can be obtained.
Description of Services
A Kid's Place provides a variety of services including case management, assessments (to include medical, dental, psychological, and behavioral), toddler and Pre-K education, life skills education, assistance to placing agency in identifying and securing a permanent placement for the child, coordination of visitation for parents or prospective foster parents, and post-placement support to foster parents.
A Kid's Place is staffed by individuals who are caring and have a desire to work with children. They bring experience, knowledge, enthusiasm, and a commitment to improve the lives of foster children. To provide an environment conducive to emotional healing, staff at A Kid's Place adhere to the principles and guidelines of Trauma Informed Care. Children admitted to A Kid's Place benefit from a unique blend of a warm, home-like environment and the level of services that can only be provided in a residential care setting.
A Kid's Place has partnered with other community providers to deliver a wide range of services based on each child's needs.
A Particular focus of A Kid's Place is to provide placement for sibling groups. These groups are typically difficult to place in one setting and are consequently, in danger of being separated if placed immediately in foster homes. Sibling groups will be housed together in a nurturing, home-like environment until a suitable permanent home can be identified.
While staying at A Kid's Place, each child will receive and/or participate in:
- An intake assessment
- Therapeutic Services
- Referral for Targeted Case Management as needed
- Dental Services
- Medical services
- Educational Services
- Social and Life Skill Activities
- Recreational Activities
- Discharge planning and preparation
Need for Services
Across the State of Florida, approximately 20% of child protective investigations end in a referral for protective supervision. Of this number, many children must be removed from their homes to assure their safety. While efforts are made to place with relatives and non-relatives, there is still a significant need for out of home placement. In addition, children who have been placed either with relatives, non-relatives, or foster parents may be displaced, supporting the on-going need for placement of these children in a residential setting.
Hours of Operation
The program is operational 24 hours per day, 365 days a year.